We ran the numbers: You could spend $1,000 on a crib and $500 on a mattress only to move your little beanstalk into a toddler bed before he’s 3.
Or you could take that $1,500 and spend it on Table Tots, a convertible, boothlike activity table that goes from scribble space to homework station in seconds.
The first piece of children’s furniture from Brooklyn-based design studio CounterEvolution comfortably entertains little ones from 18 months to 6 years old when it’s upright. Flip it on its side and remove the tabletop, and you’ve got a sturdy desk that will last far beyond elementary school.
In terms of sustainability, Table Tots hits the jackpot. It’s handcrafted from heart pinewood salvaged from old bowling lanes and coated in an earth-friendly, zero-VOC stain that’s nontoxic and scratch resistant. Plus, its sleek lines mesh with grown-up decor, so you can repurpose the piece (media stand, bookcase, side table) once its child-rearing days are over.
We’d bet the house on it.
Available online at counterev.com.
Superior Academy of Music Opens
What: Frost School of Music grads teach tykes lessons in piano, violin, voice, and more.
Why: Not sure he can carry a tune? Sign up for a free trial class this week.
When: Trial lessons, Mon.-Sat. Fall session begins Aug. 29.
Where: Greenery Mall, 7746 N. Kendall Dr., Kendall. To book a trial lesson, call 305-771-2726 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Enroll for fall ($138 per month and up) online at superioracademyofmusic.com.
Drumming for Wellness
What: Jeff Deen puts on a performance with percussive instruments from across the globe.
Why: Little rock stars add beats of their own.
When: Sun., 3:30 p.m.
Where: Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Cswy. (305-373-5437). Adults and children, $15; under 1, free.
Playing the Game of Life Open House
What: Check out free class demos and learn about educational programs.
Why: Courses run the gamut from yoga to cooking, so there’s something that’ll suit his fancy.
When: Sun., 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Where: 7144 Byron Ave., 2nd flr., Miami Beach (305-864-5237).
Photo: Courtesy of CounterEvolution